Delicious Chard Soup with Cannellini Beans, But What to Do with Chard Stems?
  • Large bunch of chard
  • Water
  • Garlic cloves, to taste
  • Cannellini Beans, cooked or canned
  • Ham or Sausage, optional
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red Pepper flakes, optional
  1. Remove the heavy stems from the chard, then shred the leaves.
  2. Put the leaves into a cooking pot and add enough water to barely cover.
  3. Puree the garlic and add to the pot.
  4. Cook over a low temperature until the leaves are very tender.
  5. Add cannellini beans to taste, along with ham or bits of browned sausage to taste.
  6. Taste and add salt and pepper, optional red pepper, and a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
  7. Cook over a low heat for another half-hour, just to heat the beans through.
  8. Serve with grated parmesan sprinkled over it.
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